Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pit bull, hell hound or loving pet?

November 15, Denver Progressive Examiner Chris Steele

On Saturday November 15, a woman was attacked by two pit bulls in Weld County. The women suffered wounds to her leg but was treated at the scene. One of the pit bulls had to be tranquilized and both are now in the humane society.

More often than not the pit bull is blamed for being a violent breed of canine. The pit bull has the notorious history of being a fighting dog. It has a bad boy image and is the victim of a myth that it's jaw can lock in place. Statistically, the pit bull has no more of a temper than any other dog. Pit bulls are good with children and show no sign of being a temperamental breed of dog that is dangerous to humans. With that being said like any animal under the right circumstances they can be provoked to bite.

Veterinarians and dog experts agree that breed has nothing to do with determining if a dog is dangerous. The way a dog was raised and treated determines its mental well-being. Dogs that are not socialized with children and other dogs can be more aggressive. Stray dogs, dogs that were abused and dogs that are tethered in a garage can also be more temperamental.

Currently, it is illegal to own a pit bull in the county of Denver. Many feel that pit bulls are the victims of the media over exaggerating and saturating the news with negative stories. There is not much evidence that supports a pit bull is any more dangerous than a poodle. In fact, according to a recent study, the poodle shows slightly more aggression than the pit bull. Possibly in the future, with more education on the breed, pit bulls will be legal to own in Denver County once again.